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Bus
The city Transit Authority operates the ...
Cycling
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Taxi
Taxis are a good way of getting around ...
Driving Tips
It is often easier to use public ...
From the Airport
DC is well connected by three major ...
Metro
The city Transit Authority operates the ...
City in a Day
For tourists, the hub of Washington DC is the Mall. With most of the historical and iconic sites ...
Smithsonian Folklife Festival
The Smithsonian Folklife Festival is an international exposition of living cultural heritage ...
Orchid Show
Held in mid-January at the U.S. Botanic Garden, this show is a visual treat for flower lovers. ...
National Cherry Blossom Festival
Hundreds of thousands of city residents and visitors from across the globe make it a point to visit ...
When to go
The official tourist season starts from April through September but if comfort is a priority then ...

Washington DC, USA

 

Washington DC Today
The capital of the United States of America, Washington, is located in the District of Columbia and strategically bound on one side by the Potomac River ( giving it access to the sea) and bordered by the states of Virginia to the southwest and Maryland to the northwest, northeast, and southeast. Washington DC is a city of green parks, wide tree lined streets and very few skyscrapers, giving it a European air. It is also a city of museums and national monuments. The city is divided into four quadrants- northwest (NW), northeast (NE), southeast (SE) and southwest (SW).The federal district was na

Washington DC Back Then
Originally designed by the French architect Pierre L’Enfant in 1791, it is hard to believe that its stately buildings once stood on a marshy swamp. George Washington created this special district as a federal power hub to avoid the problem of establishing the capital city in any one state, but it was a further six decades before it took on the shape of a capital city. Pierre Charles L’Enfant, a French-born architect, engineer, and city planner first arrived in the American colonies as a military engineer with Major General Lafayette.
On August 23, 1814, British forces burned the cap

Four Seasons
A popular place with celebrities, the Four Seasons is located in posh Georgetown neighborhood, just
Hay-Adams Hotel
This Renaissance- style hotel across from the White House is within easy walking distance of just ab
Mandarin Oriental 
A popular hotel in Washington, all rooms are done according to the concept of Feng Shui. The interio
The Fairmont
Large and roomy guest rooms in muted earth tones with comfortable furniture. Those facing the inner
Georgetown Suites
The hotel offers friendly service, clean, bright, and spacious lodging and up-to-date amenities. It
Hotel Lombardy
This European boutique hotel has a multinational feel and look. The whole hotel is peppered with Chi

Alex
Whether you go for cutting-edge looks from the latest designers or vintage Balenciaga and Dior, this
Macy’s
Centrally located in downtown, Macy’s is a department store that offers everything from men’s an
Neiman Marcus
A high end department store where you literally burn money. Located on Friendship Heights, the caref
Saks Fifth Avenue
Saks is a Washington institution with a wide selection of women's European and American couture clot
All About Jane
This popular women’s boutique is a great shop with reasonable prices and designs for truly unique
Betsy Fisher
Catering to women of all ages and sizes in search of contemporary and trendy styles, this store stoc

Orchid Show
Held in mid-January at the U.S. Botanic Garden, this show is a visual treat for flower lovers.
Lighting of the National Christmas Tree
On the Second Thursday in December, the President illuminates the national Christmas tree and lights
National Cherry Blossom Festival
Hundreds of thousands of city residents and visitors from across the globe make it a point to visit
Martin Luther King Jr. Day
On the third Monday in January, Martin Luther King Jr. Day is observed with a wreath laying ceremony
Smithsonian Folklife Festival
The Smithsonian Folklife Festival is an international exposition of living cultural heritage annuall
Independence Day
4th of July, Independence Day, of course, is a grand event that takes place annually on the fourth

Gerard’s
Cuisine: French
Dine at Gerard's Place for elegant French cuisine that's among the best in th
Ben’s Chilli Bowl
Cuisine: American
An institution and a landmark in Washington, newlyweds Ben and Virginia Ali
Blue Duck Tavern
Cuisine: American
Opened in 2007, the Blue Duck Tavern has already been heaped with accolades
Bombay Club
Cuisine: Indian
The most popular item, and the spiciest on the menu, is the green chilli chic
Kaz Sushi Bistro
Cuisine: Japanese
The chef here uses many clever combinations to separate the sushi from the
Nora
Cuisine: American
Set in a quaint carriage house on one of DuPont’s beautiful corners, Nora

Fast Facts
Location: Eastern Coast of USA on the north bank of the Potomac River within the District of Columbia, an area bordering the state of Maryland.
Country Dialing Code: +1
City code: 202
Emergency Numbers: 911- This number that can be dialed for free from any phone (even a pay phone) to obtain assistance .
Telephone Directory services: 411 is the number for directory assistance, though a charge will apply; 1-800-Free-411 is the number for free.
Directory assistance (though callers will listen to ads).
Population 572,059
Languages spoken: English
Time Zones: GMT/UTC -5 (Eastern Time) Washington DC observes Daylight Saving Time, April – October.
Average January Temperature: -4 º C
Average July Temperature: 30 º C
Annual Rainfall: 110 mm
Electrical Plugs: 120 volts, 60Hz. Plugs are mainly the two, flat-pin type, though three-pin plugs are also widely used. European appliances without dual-voltage capabilities will require an adapter, which can be purchased in most major
Weights & Measures: Imperial
Currency: US Dollar, Code: USD, Symbol: US $, currently, 1US $ = 3.673 UAE dirhams
 

 
Kids in tow
Here are several suggestions on what we think children might find interesting on their trip to DC. You can start with the National Zoo, a ...
Health and Safety
Travel within the United States is generally trouble-free. However terrorist threats cannot be ruled out and this has increased security ...

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